How To Improve Your Dog’s Recall: Training for a reliable recall and emergency recalls

By |2018-08-07T17:19:35+00:00August 8th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

Featuring Jen Larson, KPA-CTP & Courtney Emken Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/mwAT5qeItCU   “Recall” is your dog’s ability to come consistently when called. Recall is not a natural behavior for dogs. It is something that we have to teach and practice and really reinforce and reward. Let us show you some pro tips, fun games, [...]

Resource Guarding Prevention 101: Understanding What Your Dog Values

By |2018-07-30T22:07:37+00:00July 30th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

Featuring Jen Larson, KPA-CTP & Courtney Emken Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/qkO03btsAZk Resource guarding is when an animal acts reactively, aggressively, or defensively over a valued resource. We see resource guarding in dogs when they feel anxious or stressed about either the approach of someone approaching their valuable resource or that resource might be taken [...]

Dog Aggression Vs. Dog Reactivity: Part 2 – The Continuum

By |2018-07-19T10:53:18+00:00July 19th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

Featuring Sarah Alvarado, CPDT-KA & Bart Emken, CPDT-KA Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/p2uSgGyj-0Q The most dangerous thing about aggression is actually the label of aggression. Most dogs with behavioral issues ARE NOT aggressive, they are more often reactive--meaning they are reacting in an over-aroused manner to a particular situation. Watch to find out more [...]

What’s Wrong With Services Like Wag And Rover?

By |2018-06-12T10:32:00+00:00May 1st, 2018|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA Before we begin, we’d like to say that DogBoy’s isn’t in the business of bashing other companies or people. We do have strong opinions, however, and dog safety is one of our foremost concerns, both at the Ranch and elsewhere. That’s why we [...]

How To Stop Your Dog From Digging

By |2018-03-12T01:25:18+00:00March 19th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA The urge to dig is a canine family trait. Wolves, foxes, and coyotes are all known to carve dens and hidey-holes across their territory. However, dogs don’t really act like wolves. So where does this compulsion to litter your yard with miniature foxholes [...]

My Dog Brought Fleas Inside: What Do I Do?

By |2018-03-02T22:15:38+00:00March 5th, 2018|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA We’re quickly heading towards peak flea season here in Texas. Fleas thrive in hot and humid conditions; sound like our summers to you? As the temperature and precipitation steadily rise, dog owners need to be on guard for any and all signs of [...]

Should You Use A No Pull Harness? Or – How Do I Stop My Dog From Pulling?

By |2017-10-15T23:22:16+00:00October 16th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. Walking your dog provides an essential combo of play, exercise, and bonding that’s key for building a healthy canine relationship. Unfortunately, many owners dread the trip outside due to their dog’s excessive pulling and/or leash reactivity. To make matters worse, “balanced” trainers and big [...]

Keeping Your Dog Safe In The Summer Heat

By |2017-06-14T18:08:40+00:00June 19th, 2017|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. It’s that time of year again! The temperature is soaring as the sun bears down on Austin, Texas. Despite the heat, many people want to take their dog outdoors for some quality exercise like hiking, walking, or running. Here’s how you [...]

The 5 Cues Every Dog Should Know

By |2017-05-25T11:06:07+00:00May 26th, 2017|Dog Safety, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott We’ve talked about tricks, easy training tips, and teaching your dog sports, but today we’re going to discuss cues that are essential to your dog’s safety and well being. Understanding and quickly answering these cues can sometimes be the difference between [...]

My Dog Had Puppies, What Do I Do?

By |2017-06-02T10:18:07+00:00May 24th, 2017|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, & Amanda Ott DogBoy’s clients know that unless you are a reputable breeder, your dog shouldn’t be having puppies. Instead, they should be spayed or neutered. There are too many dogs dying in shelters and on the streets across the country, and we should [...]